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Jourdan Dunn's fight for diversity on the catwalk

Published 10/03/2014 | 08:42

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Model Jourdan Dunn presents a creation by Kanye West during the Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection show, on October 1, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Model Jourdan Dunn presents a creation by Kanye West during the Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection show, on October 1, 2011 in Paris
British model Jourdan Dunn presents a creation by Burberry Prorsum during the 2014 Spring/Summer London Fashion Week in London on September 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British model Jourdan Dunn presents a creation by Burberry Prorsum during the 2014 Spring/Summer London Fashion Week

Jourdan Dunn says "it's not great" when only one ethnic model walks in a runway show.

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The British star is one of the hottest names in fashion, but has never shied away from the controversy surrounding black models in the industry.

Along with Naomi Campbell, Jourdan is a big advocate for designers using women from different races in their campaigns and shows.

"I don't know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It's not like only one type of woman loves fashion," Jourdan fumed to Miss Vogue magazine.

"I find it weird when [model] agents say, 'You're the only black girl booked for the show. Isn't it great?' Why is it great?"

Jourdan has been vocal about her own experiences of racism, and has recalled stories of the treatment she has received throughout her career.

The 23-year-old was once turned away from a casting because they "didn't want any more black girls", and she was once refused to be made up by a white make-up artist.

Despite these setbacks, Jourdan has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion.

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She's just finished a gruelling run at the recent Fashion Weeks, walking for Balmain, Moschino and Oscar de la Renta, among others.

Her busy career, which is based in New York, means she's often separated from her young son Riley, four, who lives with his grandmother in London.

"Sometimes I feel so guilty about missing out on everything, but I have to remember I'm doing this for him, for his future," she confessed.

Jourdan is the second cover star for Miss Vogue, which comes with the British edition of Vogue.

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